This is an ongoing project titled “ The Waiting Rooms.” It is an intimate look into the Reconstruction and Development Programmes that South Africans are undergo in order to acquire an RDP House.I chose this theme because it is close to home. I live in an RDP house owned by my mother, who had to wait more than 10 years to receive one. My earliest memory of the RDP housing system was seeing and hearing my mother speak of a “red card”, a document one receives when in line to receive housing.
I am deliberately focusing on the housing system process, the waiting list, and the quality of RDP houses. Questioning whether or not the current system works.There is an unmistakable disconnect between policy makers and those who are affected by homelessness.The project hopes to bridge this gap by bringing to the forefront the voices of the people on the ground.Using photography and videos as a medium to amplify the stories of old South African citizens.The Waiting Rooms Project will document spaces for those who have waited more than 20 years to receive a house from the South African government.